Home Improvement Blog: A Toolbox of Ideas

Why Bathtub Refinishing Won't Fix the Problem Hiding Behind Your Tub

Posted on Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Your ancient bathtub is becoming an eyesore in an otherwise beautifully updated bathroom. The tub has been there for 30 years, tiles are falling off the walls, it looks worn out and, well, it doesn't smell too good either. No matter how many lemony-fresh bathroom cleaners you use on it, it still emits this strange, musty odor. So you look at your budget, scour the internet, and decide that bathtub refinishing is the way to go-it will spruce up that bathtub while saving you some money, right? Wrong. Bathtub refinishing may spruce up the surface of your tub, but do you have any idea what is hiding behind that surface? Do you know why all your lemony-fresh cleaners aren't kicking that smell to the curb? The culprit is most likely mold, and it's not going anywhere with a bathtub refinish. It's going to stay, make itself comfortable, and multiply at a mind-boggling speed behind your bathtub walls until it eats away at the wall and floor completely. In addition to destroying your home, the EPA states that the longer mold is allowed to grow, the more likely it is to have negative health effects on the people in your home. Some molds are toxic, and many types can cause health problems such as respiratory illnesses, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, and prolonged coughing.

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Tags: Bathtub Refinishing, Bathtub Replacement

Five Reasons to Choose Vinyl Windows over Wood Windows

Posted on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Whether you want to make improvements to your home, or it is time to replace your current windows, you have an important decision on your hands in choosing the material of window. While there is no right or wrong answer, some window materials provide more advantages than others. For instance, wood windows might have been a great option for a long time, but vinyl windows are the new crown holders.

Both wood and vinyl have some similar characteristics, such as the energy-efficiency they provide, but they also have a number of important differences to consider when making your decision. Once you learn about the multiple advantages that vinyl has over wood, making a choice should become a simple task.

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Tags: Joyce Factory Direct, Vinyl Windows, Energy Efficient Windows

Upgrade Your Home with Natural Sunlight from Bay Windows

Posted on Thu, Jul 23, 2015

When considering an upgrade to your home, bay windows are an option for your home that can increase the feel of space, increase the natural lighting in your home and provide an attractive outside appearance. Increasing your home's lighting through better windows is one of the most essential ways to upgrade your home without large amounts of capital. 


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Tags: Bay Window, Windows

Three Reasons Bathtub Replacement is Better than Bathtub Refinishing

Posted on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to increase your satisfaction and enjoyment of the space. It's also an excellent means of improving your home's resale value. However, these benefits don't come cheap. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the average bathroom remodel in the U.S. is around $16,000. In order to cut down costs, some homeowners are opting to pay for bathtub refinishing rather than replacing the tub. While that may seem like a good idea, the fact is, there are three compelling reasons to bathtub replacement is better than bathtub refinishing.

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Tags: Bathtub Refinishing, Bathtub Replacement

Five Ways Bay Windows Add Value to Your House

Posted on Thu, Jul 16, 2015

They’re everywhere, much like carriage lights, on houses you pass on the way to work. They give a house something different than the usual, ho-hum two dimensional look to which we are accustomed. They are decorated prettily in spring and at Christmas, giving the house a much more festive and inviting aura. When night falls, you can see the family through the bay windows on your way home from work. Even night-time is enhanced by these special windows, although more from the outside than inside. Joyce Factory Direct has found five ways bays add value to your house, and aura is only one of them.

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Shower Stalls Options: Bringing Comfort and Marketability to Your Home

Posted on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Thinking about shower stall options in your bathroom has possibly been a dream of yours for a while, especially if you've never been happy with the way your current shower looks or operates. Many aging homes have the problem of basically combining a bathtub with a shower, which makes cleaning more of a chore. In older homes, you may not even have a shower and only an outdated bathtub constantly needing maintenance. It may even be at the point now where your bathtub is so old, you can't use it and have no choice but to upgrade.

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Tags: Walk In Shower, tub to shower conversion, shower stalls

How To Choose Replacement Windows in the Cleveland Area

Posted on Wed, Jul 08, 2015

Replacement windows are one of the most common home improvement projects Cleveland home owners undergo. Old, outdated windows decline in efficiency, raise energy costs in the winter as well as the summer, reduce the curb appeal of your home, and also allow uncomfortable drafts to enter in the harsh Cleveland winters. If all of this isn’t reason enough to purchase replacement windows, outdated windows are also hard to clean and upkeep, difficult to open, shut, lock, and/or allow for dust and bugs to enter the home.

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Tags: Replacement Windows, Cleveland Replacement Windows, Window Manufacturer

How Much Does a Sunroom Cost? [Part 2]

Posted on Tue, Jul 07, 2015

The question “How Much Does a Sunroom Cost” is a difficult one to answer because it is dependent on so many factors and variables. In Part 1 we discussed size, foundation as well as location and attachment. But these are far from the only determining factors when trying to sort out how much a sunroom will cost.


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Tags: Sunroom Cost, Sunroom, How Much Does a Sunroom Cost

How Much Does a Sunroom Cost? [part 1]

Posted on Mon, Jul 06, 2015

When contemplating the idea of adding a sunroom onto their home, homeowners are left wondering “How Much Does a Sunroom Cost?” Unfortunately this is not an easy question to answer. A sunroom can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. Where the cost will fall for any particular homeowner is dependent on a number of factors and variables.

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Tags: Sunroom Cost, Sunroom, How Much Does a Sunroom Cost

A Look at Some of the Benefits of Bay Windows

Posted on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

When planning for new windows, many homeowners fail to consider adding bay windows because they are unaware of the numerous benefits they provide. If you’re considering new windows, here are a few benefits of bay windows that could make them an excellent choice for you.


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Tags: Bay Window, Replacement Windows